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Food-tresting areas north of Detroit

Thanks so much to everybody who posted. I have already added Rangooli to my lunch rotation and look forward to checking out the rest of your suggestions asap.

Oct 27, 2012
luniz in Great Lakes

Food-tresting areas north of Detroit

I'm looking for areas between say Ferndale and Auburn Hills that are interesting to any chowhound. Whether a neighborhood, strip mall, or whatever, any place that's worth driving to and exploring. Also interested in hearing about the farmer's markets (done soon I know) or anything else I should know. Been driving around aimlessly so far without too much success.

Oct 14, 2012
luniz in Great Lakes

Looking for an American restaurant but elevated in W. Plano/Carrollton

Jaspers? It's pricey of course.

Sep 07, 2012
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where do restaurant people go after work?

Mostly Old Monk. Some go to Common Table.

Jul 29, 2012
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whats your favorite ethnic restaurant in dfw?

The curry rice, any of the ramen or fish plates, whatever they have as a special. It's all authentic Japanese home cooking type stuff.

Jul 11, 2012
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whats your favorite ethnic restaurant in dfw?

1 Tei-An (Japanese soba noodle, Dallas)
2 La Me (Vietnamese, Dallas near Garland)
3 Mr. Max (Japanese, Irving)
4 Jasmine Thai (Plano)
5 Little Sichuan (Plano)

Jul 09, 2012
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Eating in the Age of Shame

lol so we should feel guilt because we don't enjoy stale mass produced bagles, boring fried chicken, and crummy rubberized fast food hamburgers? It's got nothing to do with shame and everything to do with putting the extra effort into finding something that's at least mediocre.

Jan 11, 2012
luniz in Features

Phone Etiquette at the Table: The Rules Have Changed

Or you could just continue to promote polite behavior over instant self gratification.

Nov 08, 2011
luniz in Features

Taqueria El Fuego closed for good?

hmm actually I've seen it just about lined up outside before at lunch. I think they don't do enough business the rest of the time though.

Sep 16, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whey: A Self-Congratulatory Breakfast Treat

Optimum Nutrition 100% is the gold standard

Jul 24, 2011
luniz in Features

Should I Take My Hat Off at a Restaurant?

What kind of prissy mama's boy can't take his GD hat off in a restaurant?

Jul 20, 2011
luniz in Features

Not Rum, Rhum!

Bar Agricole in SF is a great place to have one, if you can't make it to Martinique.

Jul 20, 2011
luniz in Features

Necessary ingredients for poaching salmon

Olive oil.

Jul 10, 2011
luniz in Home Cooking

Epic Meal Time: $600 of Meat in One Meal

I don't know enough about Epic mealtime to criticize them, but there's certainly every difference in the world between spending $600 on factory farmed, environmentally unfriendly and inhumanely raised and slaughtered meat, and and $600 on sustainably sourced, artisan crafted, expertly prepared food priced to represent the true cost of food at a top restaurant. Of course the idea that if you have $600 to spend, you should spend it on somebody else, is irrelevant and illogical.

Jul 10, 2011
luniz in Features

Texas Olive Oil

I like it as well, it holds up to a lot of California olive oils, not as good as a good Spanish, but good enough for salad dressings and such.

Jun 25, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

10 Best Things - 2011 Edition

Another thing I liked was the cauliflower Kathmandu at Sutra, I make a similar (at least I think so) version at home now.

Jun 25, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

10 Best Things - 2011 Edition

For me Lockhart Smokehouse is definitely on the list.

Jun 23, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tabbouleh

way too much bulgur to parsley. It's supposed to be parsley with bulgur in it, not the other way around.

Jun 14, 2011
luniz in Recipes

What is the best brand of butter?

pamplie, easily

Apr 24, 2011
luniz in General Topics

One week in Dallas

I'd honestly recommend Pappadeaux over Big Easy. Big Easy has a good roast beef po boy and Pappadeaux's gumbo was weirdly lacking in roux last time I tried it, but they have things like raw oysters (though it's getting late in the season) and their crawfish etoufee is probably better, and Pappadeaux has more on the menu. Big Easy is ok but it's not going to blow you away.

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Big Easy
1915 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75075

Apr 24, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Gift from Dallas/TX

I've given their raspberry balsamic or whatever it is as a gift. Also Austinnuts, stuff from Flavors From Afar (now with artizone), or check that new place, Duo or whatever it's called.

Apr 02, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

The Manliest Restaurant in America?

Smitty's in Lockhart, Texas. They have picnic benches now, but originally you got your meat and bread wrapped in butcher paper, and squat down in the dirt yard to eat. Still no utensils.

Mar 25, 2011
luniz in General Topics

Any restaurant in same league as York Street?

Local is not in the same league as York St. by any stretch of the imagination. It is a nice place and the food is ok and occasionally great but not particularly adventurous.

I feel like there is some place people are forgetting. Tei An can be pretty good.

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York St
6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206

Mar 25, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Chick-O-Stick Cookies

If you could make a chick o stick cookie, you'd be a badass. Those things are hard to find even in Texas!

Mar 08, 2011
luniz in Features

About to make my 1st of many visits to the DFW/Denton area and need some help

Coming into Love puts you near Maple, so if you're adventurous there are plenty of decent places to eat there, La Hechizera, Maple and Motor, Avila's, etc. Not the most well to do area of town though so if you're put off by empty streets and people speaking Spanish, you may want to go somewhere else. If your shopping takes you near old downtown (east) Plano, check out Urban Crust pizza. You may want to check out Pappadeux some time if you're unfamiliar with Cajun/Creole food.

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Urban Crust
1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

Mar 01, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Wine's Weasel Words

I think the problem is that the people doing the analysis of wine tasting apparently expect that there's some sort of easy to describe objective description that should be able to be applied across the board to all different wines and that's obviously not going to be the case. You can break a wine down to it's esters and alcohols but that doesn't necessarily provide any information for the way they "mix" to form the final product.

What they're overlooking is that while it may be that the wine drinking customer Bob has never eaten, dirt, camphor, or leather, he knows that he really liked the last three wines that Parker described as tasting "earthy, with hints of camphor and leather" whereas he hated the wine that was described as "jammy".

Therefore to call wine reviews bullshit is to miss the point, the review can provide a starting point for a wine that may interest a customer, relative to the reviewers tastes, not the customer's.

Feb 28, 2011
luniz in Features

Where can I find good pizza in Dallas?

Yeah I got to try Urban Crust today, I had the Margherita. Very good pizza, great crust, very high quality toppings, not too much, not too little. I look forward to comparing it to Il Cane Rosso.

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Urban Crust
1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

Feb 26, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Sutra

The disco next door is Sambuca, an infamous "cougar den" and one of the most popular places in Plano. It's not going anywhere. I think you made a mistake to try this place out on Saturday night tbh, there's no way I'd do such. I hope to try it sometime next week. And the "dining scene" such as it is, doesn't even compare to uptown which is not exactly Alice Watersville. Thanks for the thorough review. At least I know to avoid the tandoori sauce.

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Sambuca
15207 Addison Rd, Addison, TX 75001

Feb 25, 2011
luniz in Dallas - Fort Worth

Good value domestic sakes?

I completely disagree. The differences aren't that subtle and I have no difference to "kid" myself. American sake is inferior from the get go. Even if sake has been sitting for 6 months it hasn't necessarily deteriorated all that much, most sake produced in Japan is intended to be consumed within a year, not a couple months. If you drink quality Japanese sake every day and then try to find something for under $10 a bottle you're going to be greatly disappointed. Japanese breweries use a higher quality rice, water, brewing methods, and have hundreds of years more experience and a much more discerning consumer. Most American sake is made for people who are probably going to be making sake bombs out of it.

Feb 25, 2011
luniz in Beer

Good value domestic sakes?

I don't personally think they're very good, not the cheaper stuff. You're not going to find much that's very good in that price range for 1.5L imo. The Japanese sakes are vastly superior. I don't think it's worth paying $7 for something that's not really enjoyable over paying $20 less often for something that is enjoyable. Momokawa is drinkable but not particularly interesting imo.

Feb 22, 2011
luniz in Beer